Fit For Life patient handling training course.

Seating, Pressure Care, Positioning and Repositioning Workshops for Nursing Homes 

 

Our team have spent a lot of time onsite in Nursing Homes and have and continue to assist Nursing Home team members in lost of different areas. What we have found is that many of the day to day challanges are similar from home to home. 

So with that in mind we have developed numerous training courses and workshops that can make a real difference to the lives of residents but also empower team members with additional knowledge and expertise so that they know they are following best practice care models. 

These set of training workshops have been developed to educate and empower your team on the important areas of sitting posture, the correct seating arrangements for all residents and the use of specialised equipment to reduce the risk of problem pressure areas developing. 

They also highlight the importance of the correct utilisation of equipment to assist residents in maximising their independence. 

The courses are aimed at all team members and can be made bespoke to include specific areas of interest directly related to your home or group of homes. Please see information below on some of the more popular training topics. 

For more information on bespoke training packages please contact one of our senior management team on (01) 213 7915

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on bespoke training packages please contact one of our senior team on (01) 213 7915

Sitting Posture, Seating & Positioning


Healthcare workers manage bed care and there are lots of different techniques and methods that suit individuals. We work with the attendees, getting a review of what they are currently using and finding successful.

We also show the group new techniques to help educate your team on different methods. The main learning point is that we do not use any lifting techniques due to high risk of injury to the client and to the healthcare worker.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of bed handling scenarios that healthcare workers manage.
  • The risks of poor handling and repositioning are covered, including pressure care.
  • Different equipment is shown to educate your team on what is currently available.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given a refresher on best practice bed repositioning techniques.
  • Your team will have more knowledge on methods, supporting them in decision making with different handling tasks.




Pressure Care & Cushions


The amount of pain and discomfort that pressure sores cause along with the length of time to treat cannot be understated. Therefore this workshop assists in identifying those clients at risk and the strategies and appropriate equipment to prevent pressure sores and deformities developing. This workshop can be delivered to give a good general knowledge base or an in depth clinical look at specific risk factors and prescription of pressure care equipment. Outline: Identify Pressure care needs in sitting. Analyse pressure care grading. Determine appropriate pressure care assessment. Recognise appropriate cushion for pressure care. Duration: This will vary from two to four hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house. Results/Benefits: Increased safety awareness in home regarding pressure care and cushions use. Improved knowledge on appropriate cushions for clients. Improved referral of patients for pressure care interventions.




Positioning & Repositioning – Wheelchair Tilt & Recline Mechanism


For those individuals who require specialised chairs the importance of positioning and repositioning through the correct use of the tilt and recline mechanisms cannot be overemphasised. We have found that due to the variety of specialised chairs and the sometimes conflicting or lack of appropriate instructions, these chairs are often incorrectly used and the opportunity for the individual to avail of the many benefits are lost. This workshop can be delivered to give a good general knowledge base on the benefits that can be gained by using these chairs correctly and clear instructions on how to operate correctly. Outline: Identify traditional and specialised wheelchairs Analyse the effects of traditional wheelchairs on posture and seating Outline the benefits of specialised wheelchairs Define tilt in space and recline mechanisms How to use these features to achieve effective posture and seating Duration: This will vary from two to four hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points Venue: The workshop will be completed in-house with current team members. Results/Benefits: Increased awareness of the importance of correct use of specialised wheelchairs Patients receiving the maximum benefits of specialised wheelchairs Reduced pressure areas, contractures, spasticity and oedema of patients




Chair Repositioning Workshop


Challenges occur with chair repositioning when a profile doesn’t suit a certain chair type anymore and when the environment makes it hard to reposition. We work with the attendees to establish what scenarios they find difficult. We are aware that resources are set, and team members have to work with what is available. However, there are occasions when repositioning a client is not sufficient and specialist seating may be required. We will highlight how to recognise the indicators, when a seating referral may be appropriate and who to refer to.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: This workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of chair repositioning using equipment.
  • The cause of profile changes in chairs is discussed and what indicators you identify to refer for a seating assessment.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given skills to reposition safely and avoid injury.
  • Your team know the signs of seating assessment needs.
  • Your team understand the causes of profile changes in seating indicating the need for regular repositioning.




Bed Repositioning Workshop


Healthcare workers manage bed care and there are lots of different techniques and methods that suit individuals. We work with the attendees, getting a review of what they are currently using and finding successful. We also show the group new techniques to help educate your team on different methods. The main learning point is that we do not use any lifting techniques due to high risk of injury to the client and to the healthcare worker.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of bed handling scenarios that healthcare workers manage.
  • The risks of poor handling and repositioning are covered, including pressure care.
  • Different equipment is shown to educate your team on what is currently available.

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given a refresher on best practice bed repositioning techniques.
  • Your team will have more knowledge on methods, supporting them in decision making with different handling tasks.




Post Stroke Transfers and Positioning


This workshop is aimed at those working in long term care facilities or someone who is caring for an individual in their own home. We cover the basic effects that can occur post stroke and give general practical examples of optimum positioning of an individual in bed or sitting to best promote their independence. The workshop content can be tailored depending on the experience or expertise of the attendees and/or the level of dependency commonly dealt with. Outline: Basic review of common post-stroke dysfunctions and potential effects of same. Review stroke positioning and handling techniques to promote optimum posture. Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with care team members. Results/Benefits: Promote optimum posture to enable maximum patient independence for ADL’s and promote safety for all. Improved positioning for stroke patients preventing secondary complications/injuries.